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Anchorage / Crooked Stave Between the Staves

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A sour collaboration with Crooked Stave.
Sour ale fermented in fouders with 3 strains of brettanomyces, aged in cognac barrels 11 months with a funky bunch of bacteria.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3079) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Serving: 22 oz. bottle. Medium to dark brown pour. Interesting nose of wood, funk, and berries. Plenty of funk in the flavor with notes of brett, red wine vinegar, wood, and berries. It reminded me of a mix of an Flanders brown and Flanders red in some ways. Interesting and tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3921) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2014
22 ounce pour at the Beer Trappe. Vinegar and cherry in the body and nose. Light oak in the taste. Pretty damn good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8294) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle at Chateau Jackl, thanks to our Kenneth, 13/08/14. Dark mahognay brown with a moderate light tan swirl and edgeing. Nose is tarte red berry fruits, light brett, spice, red berry sherbets, light acidic nostril twitch, liqourice, tarte blackberries. Taste comprises musty berry soaked wood, red berry compote, dank must. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light acidity in the close tempered with sweeter red berry notes. Solid stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1166) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2014
Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours muddy brown with some sediment and an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are vinous, brett, oak, red berries, and caramel - with a tart finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (951) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle pours brownish red, low head. Tomato is tart vinegar and oak , taste is similar, not too tart finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Kenny. Pours golden brown with a foamy off-white head. The nose has a bit of funky sweat, aged berries, wood. Light-medium sweet flavor, further sweat, wood, mild acetic burn, ripe orange, berries. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Nice acetic burn on the finish, some funk, raspberry, old wood. Good and funky. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1676) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2014
bottle pours brown, some light passes, cream hued head. nose has berries, vanilla. taste has a nice sour base, some more berries, cognac is noticeable, some adhesive, soy. light body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
Very good sour beer. Initially, at a colder temperature, the sourness is mild. It builds as it rises to room temperature. Not too palate erasing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled April 2014
A steady pour into my large wine glass produces a fat-one-finger thick, darkish tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated, amber-brown color that shows a rich, red stained, brilliantly clear, brown hue when held up to the light. The nose is tart, woody, a bit warming, and has a back-note of apricot. Lightly must, sort of like damp clay, with a softly phenolic funkiness, as well as a grape like note that reminds me a bit of a red wine.

Nicely tart, with a backdrop of firm oak structure and a solid, apricot like fruitiness that adds an intriguing note to the flavor. There is a touch of nuttiness to the finish as well as a touch of toasted, whole grain character. The finish has a spiciness to it, much of which is derived from the acidity; not really acetic, but maybe a touch of that, mostly a lactic bite, but some peppery oak character and perhaps some spiciness from the residual cognac character. The body is fairly light, making this quite quaffable for a beer of this strength, and there is a persistent carbonation that lingers on for a long time. Hints of vanillin, tart raisin notes, a touch of cherry, some lingering fig essence, and a tart, dark prune like character are all noticeable here. The oak adds a lingering woody flavor, some spice, a toast accentuating note, as well as a tannic structure and lingering, light astringency. The cognac adds a refined, fruity (I think the apricot comes from this somehow), lightly biting, interesting complexity to this beer.

This is quite a bit more tasty than I was expecting. This is quite nicely balanced between the sour, funky, barrel, and malt notes. The finish reminds me quite a bit of a restrainedly tannic, full bodied red wine at times, though this is clearly a sour beer. I took a long time to finish my first pour of this beer (more than an hour-and-a-half) , and it really held up well during the process

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1632) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Wow. Just wow. Got fer my lady for her 27th. Drank at Prosperity. You couldn’t pair two more of my new favorite breweries, and then they pair up, and create this beautiful monster. I mean, this beauty had cognac dripped elements of sour barnyard funk blowing up at you, but politely for fuck’s sake! Oh by the way, this is rating................1600!!!!


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